Before the racing even began, there were the team presentations to get through
Aside from being presented to the world media, some used the last few days to get in a little extra training
While others used their time to decide what to wear when the race kicks off
Geraint Thomas, Edvald Boassan Hagen and Richie Porte give an insight into what they do when they're not on the bike at the Tour
Instead of a time trial or prologue, the Tour began with a normal road race, meaning aside from a stage win, the yellow jersey was also up for grabs for the winner.
198 riders line up on the start line
The favourite for the overall race win, Chris Froome, got off to a less than perfect start when he crashed in the neutral zone as the stage began
Stage 1 seemed to be going without a hitch setting the finale up for an exciting bunch sprint finish. That was until the last 15km, when the Orica GreenEdge bus got caught under the finishing line banner